After The Whistle with Eric Frantz


Eric Frantz, Managing Editor JJH/MVP (Bellbrook HS ’94, Ashland University ’98)

Welcome to the After The Whistle and Eric Frantz archive. Below is a comprehensive listing of all commentary features written by and MVP Magazine managing editor Eric Frantz.



OPSWA Awards




Cincinnati SPJ Chapter Awards

2009 (Top Sports Columnist)

2010 (Top Sports Columnist)

2011 (Top Sports Columnist, Best Sports Coverage)

2012 (Top Sports Columnist, Best Sports Coverage, Best Sports Blog)

Ohio SPJ Awards

2010 (Best Sports Reporting)

2012 (Best Sports Reporting R-Up)


After The Whistle

May 5, 2008: Marion Local Tragedy Reminds Us Hurt Will Fade, But Memories Should Not

May 26, 2008: Child’s Happiness is Ultimate Goal

July 23, 2008: Trotwood Debacle Proves Enlightening

Sept. 19, 2008: Archbold School Board’s move leaves Streaks, community feeling blue

Oct. 31, 2008: Leetonia’s Selway beats cancer, gets Bears back into D-VI postseason

Dec. 23, 2008: Child’s first sport season anything but a regular one

Feb. 16, 2008: Golden
Graham: Falcons wrestling team soaring to new heights

June 5, 2008: No
More ‘Next Time’ For Triad’s Eight Softball Seniors

June 7, 2008: Bluffton
Gives Coach Storybook Finish

July 19, 2008: Douglass
not the evil doer everyone out to make him

Aug. 13, 2008: UD legend
helps granddaughter hone soccer skills

Aug. 21, 2008: St.
Xavier-Colerain renew Ohio’s “biggest” rivalry

Aug. 29, 2008: Texas
team comes to Ohio with eyes wide open

Nov. 5, 2008: Jackson
Center heads to Wright State with one thing in mind – winning

Nov. 11, 2008: Coldwater-Alter
II: GCL vs MAC, public vs private, rematch…want more?

Dec. 11, 2008: New
Knoxville being mentioned with MAC’s best boys basketball team ever

Aug. 23, 2008: Miami
East proves moral victories do exist, like it or not

Sept. 26, 2008: Brookville’s
Hetrick following father’s famous footsteps

Oct. 3, 2008: Middletown’s
Krause works his magic again

Oct. 18, 2008: Battle
on the Miami one of Ohio’s greatest rivalries

Oct. 25, 2008: Anna
arrives, Rockets score statement win over Marion Local

Nov. 7, 2008: Carroll
and Beavercreek cap improbable rides to state soccer finals

Nov. 8, 2008: Marion
Local defends Division IV state volleyball title; Flyers start talk of

Nov. 28, 2008: Alter
gets revenge, first state football title

Nov. 29, 2008: Ursuline’s
defensive rises to occasion, Irish claim second state title


Jan. 3, 2009: Former
St. Henry standout Boeckman wraps Ohio State career on Monday

April 19, 2009: Kortokrax
deserves better; Kalida Legend’s career appear’s over

April 24, 2009: Computer
points real reason Federal League denies Massillon and Harding

May 4, 2009: CJ’s
Greenberg arrested on charges of transfer of obscene images to minors

June 3, 2009: Public
vs Private: Which run is more impressive? Coldwater or DeSales?

June 9, 2009: Athletics
more important than academics? South-Western School District is hoping

June 17, 2009: Public
vs Private: The masses have weighed in on Coldwater and DeSales, and
the winner is…

Oct. 9, 2009: Steubenville-Massillon;
This is NOT just another football game

Oct. 15, 2009: Shameful?
No Class? Who does this really describe? Dutton deserves more

Oct. 24, 2009: Best
team in Ohio that won’t make the playoffs? Might be Thurgood Marshall

Sept. 18, 2009: Games – Sometimes we forget sports are…

Dec. 23, 2009: “We talk about respect everybody and fear nobody and that is sincere”…Coldwater’s Reed battles cancer

Jan. 17, 2009: San
Diego loses head coach, game to Columbus Northland at FTTH

Jan. 24, 2009: Taylor
takes down Palmer in meeting of national No. 1s, three-time champs

Feb. 27, 2009: Ohio’s
“Hoosiers”; New Knoxville nets third straight 20-0 regular season

March 28, 2009: Instant
Classic; Northland survives Princeton for D-I title

March 28, 2009: 78
years later it happens again, Tinora held scoreless for a quarter

Aug. 28, 2009: South-Western
City Schools students adjust to no football on Friday

Sept. 4, 2009: Small
town legends vs big-time prospects: Waynesville’s Millar illustrates
the debate

Sept. 19, 2009: Shupe
is Amanda-Clearcreek’s Ace up the sleeve; former coach still inspiring

Sept. 26, 2009: Several
programs know all too well losing is a part of thegame too

Oct. 3, 2009: Rivalries
are what make the blood boil: Bellbrook beats Valley View

Oct. 10, 2009: Steubenville
keeps its win streaks alive: Big Red dominates Massillon

Oct. 17, 2009: Delphos
St. John’s scores win over Coldwater with 10 seconds left

Nov. 14, 2009: Ohio’s
best fall sports program? Try Marion Local volleyball


Jan. 20, 2010: Highland’s Wiita continues fight back from spinal cord injury, paralysis

April 12, 2010: Few have ever done it as well as Reed

May 11, 2010: Remembering
John Reed; Thousands expected to pay respects

March 13, 2010: Regina’s ride over due to OHSAA violatins; Fitting end to the program?

April 22, 2010: The nation’s No. 1 high school sports state? This year it’s Ohio, hands down

June 2, 2010: Wayne’s Miller will be a Buckeye

June 4, 2010: Discus Dynasty: Woodmore’s Pendleton aims for family’s seventh straight state title

June 14, 2010: McSurley out at Clinton-Massie for now; “It’s not like it’s a withc-hunt…”

March 7, 2010: Wadsworth ends 33 years of public school frustration; Grizzlies ar D-I champs

March 27, 2010: Lima Central Catholic provides Seggerson with a storybook ending and state title

June 3, 2010: Miller makes it official; Wayne QB picks Ohio Sate, says “I’m an Ohio guy”

June 5, 2010: Fort Loramie seniors open eyes and minds, add another state title


April 15, 2011: ‘I’m going to get through this’…Kent’s Anderson fights cancer

Nov. 5, 2011: Mauk sets national passing record; two state records

Dec. 3, 2011: Norwayne shocks Kenton, denies Mauk a state title

April 15, 2011: ‘I’m going to get through this’…Kent’s Anderson fights cancer


February 10, 2012: Linkous joins exclusive 2,000-1,000 club

February 29, 2012: Dunbar boys basketball dominates Ohio using talent, tradition

March 3, 2012: Bellbrook grads feed off past success, help Eagles return to state’s elite

March 3, 2012: Kolodzik and Kelly deliver on their promise

March 10, 2012: Public vs Private…Bellbrook completes unlikely trifecta

March 16, 2012: Twinsburg outlasts Reynoldsburg in showdown of natonal powers

March 17, 2012: Africentric snaps Anna’s 50-game win streak

March 25, 2012: Dunbar, Yates win in adramatic fashion

June 17, 2012: Learning what it takes to win a trophy…Thanks Dad (and Coaches)

Special Series

2011: Competitve Balance Proposal Series


Ohio’s Top 10 Football Conferences and HM


Athletes 50-1

Year in Reviews


Stories 21-30 and honorable mention

Stories 11-20

Stories 1-10


Stories 50-1


Stories 50-1


Stories 40-1


Stories 30-1


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